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Freestyle Skiing at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games:

Men's Moguls

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Host City: Nagano, Japan
Venue(s): Iizuna Kogen Resort, Iizuna
Date Started: February 8, 1998
Date Finished: February 11, 1998

Gold: USA Jonny Moseley
Silver: FIN Janne Lahtela
Bronze: FIN Sami Mustonen

Summary

The defending champion, Jean-Luc Brassard (CAN) had won two of the five World Cup events in the 1997-98 season, and was considered a co-favorite with Jonny Moseley (USA), who had won the other three. Moseley led the qualifying, with the surprising Finn cousins, Janne Lahtela and Sami Mustonen, in second and third, respectively. Neither of the Finns had ever medaled at a World Cup event. Brassard placed seventh in the qualifying. In the final, Lahtela and Mustonen again surprised, placing 1-2 until Moseley made his run. But Moseley won the gold medal comfortably. He had the fastest run of the final and the highest point score, using his signature “helicopter cross,” a 360° twist with crossed skis. Lahtela would return in 2002 to win the gold medal. He competed at every Olympic moguls competition thru 2006. Moseley would also return in 2002 and placed fourth at Salt Lake. Brassard placed fourth in Nagano, hurt by his air points score.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jonny Moseley 22 United States USA Gold
2 Janne Lahtela 23 Finland FIN Silver
3 Sami Mustonen 20 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Jean-Luc Brassard 25 Canada CAN
5 Lauri Lassila 21 Finland FIN
6 Jesper Rönnbäck 24 Sweden SWE
7 Ryan Johnson 23 Canada CAN
8 Stéphane Rochon 23 Canada CAN
9 Kurre Lansburgh 20 Sweden SWE
10 Alexander Wilson 23 United States USA
11 Julien Regnier-Lafforgue 18 France FRA
12 Fabrice Ougier 26 France FRA
13 Gota Miura 28 Japan JPN
14 Patrik Sundberg 22 Sweden SWE
15 Daigo Hara 23 Japan JPN
16 Thony Hemery 25 France FRA
17 Dominick Gauthier 24 Canada CAN
18 Yugo Tsukita 21 Japan JPN
19 Armen Rafayelyan 19 Armenia ARM
20 Olivier Cotte 25 France FRA
21 Adrian Costa 25 Australia AUS
22 Roger Hållander 22 Sweden SWE
23 Jim Moran 25 United States USA
24 Yevgeny Sennikov 23 Russia RUS
25 Richard Ussher 21 New Zealand NZL
26 Aleksey Bannikov 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
27 Andrey Ivanov 24 Russia RUS
28 Tim Dudgeon 29 Great Britain GBR
29 Oleg Kuleshov 21 Belarus BLR
30 Takehiro Sakamoto 21 Japan JPN
31 Evan Dybvig 22 United States USA
AC Vitaly Glushchenko 20 Russia RUS DNF
AC Sam Temple 26 Great Britain GBR DNF